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Washington Post: Study: Citizens United elected more Republicans

The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study.

The advantage isn’t large, but it is statistically significant: The researchers found the ruling, in Citizens United v. FEC, was associated with a six percentage-point increase in the likelihood that a Republican candidate would win a state legislative race.

And in six of the most affected states — Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee — the probability that a Republican would be elected to a state legislative seat increased by 10 percentage points or more.

Read more at WashingtonPost.com here.

Cagle: Common Core On A Downward Spiral

The more people learn about Common Core, the more they learn they don’t like it. Support for Common Core standards is now at an all-time low, according to a new poll highlighted in U.S. News and World Report which stated, “One year ago, two-thirds of those surveyed said they hadn’t heard of the standards. Now, more than three-quarters have heard about Common Core, and it appears that many don’t like what they’ve heard. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they oppose the standards.”

This new poll also revealed that forty percent of teachers oppose Common Core standards, that number was thirteen percent just last year. Support for Common Core has cratered among educators, dropping from seventy-six percent last year to thirteen percent this year. The pressure put on teachers to marry these standards with standardized testing and the trend of teaching to the test is getting to educators, and they are ready for more freedom to teach lessons without stringent standards like those in Common Core.

As a nation we can use this experience to learn and grow, or we can continue in the same line of thinking we have been for the past couple of decades that has us ranking below average internationally in math, science and reading. It’s high time we let the individual states focus on the needs of their students based on their counties and communities. The states and their governors, mayors and parents know the needs of their students and children better than the federal government.

Read more on Cagle.com here.

Citizens United TV Movie Schedule (NewsMax TV) August 30th, 31st & September 1st

Tune in or set your DVRs for this Saturday, Sunday and Monday to catch a portion of the Citizens United movie library which will be airing on NewsMax. Click here to find out how to find their channel on your service provider.

Below is this weekend's scheduled airings:

Saturday, August 30th

Rediscovering God in America Part 2 airs at 5am

The Hope and The Change airs at 9am

Celsius 41.11 airs at 10:30am

Hype: The Obama Effect airs at 6pm

Fire From the Heartland airs at 8:30pm

Sunday, August 31st

We Have The Power airs at 6:30pm

Fire From the Heartland airs at 8pm

Monday, September 1st

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny airs at 9am

America At Risk airs at 10:30am

We Have The Power airs at 12:30pm

Hillary The Movie airs at 2pm

The Gift of Life airs at 4pm

Generation Zero airs at 5:30pm

Blocking the Path to 9/11 airs at 7pm

Perfect Valor airs at 9pm

A City Upon a Hill airs at 11pm

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President Obama and the James Foley Murder

The barbaric murder of American journalist James Foley by the radical Islamic caliphate Islamic State this week is a prime example of how President Obama just does not understand the world in which we live.

Back in January, President Obama spoke of Islamic State to the New Yorker: The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant. I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.

That is the President of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief equating a terrorist army to a basketball team… really? Is that the dialogue President Obama wants to use to describe Islamic State? No wonder why our enemies across the globe do not take President Obama seriously. His callousness in calling Islamic State “jayvee” is just another illustration of President Obama not understanding what it means to be the president of the United States.

Read more on Breitbart.com here.

Cagle: If You Want a Political Witch Hunt, Look at Texas

All of the noise surrounding Governor Rick Perry attempting to legitimize his recent indictment is completely unjust and a textbook example of a political witch-hunt. Perry has been accused of “abuse of his office and coercing a public official” when in actuality, he was using his power to veto funding to Rosemary Lehmberg, a convicted drunk driver who also happened to be a Travis County District Attorney. Governor Perry was simply doing the right thing by calling on her to resign.

None of Perry’s actions were outside of the constitutional authority given to a Texas Governor. Even liberal media outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times have cited the absurd accusations in articles of their own titled “The weak case against Rick Perry” and “The Strange Case Against Rick Perry.” This case, returned by the grand jury on Friday, is a complete mockery and a clean-cut case of dirty politics. Remember, this is the same D.A. office that brought trumped-up charges against former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and the case was later thrown out by a higher court.

Governor Perry has responded to the indictment stating, “I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas, and if I had to do it again, I would make exactly the same decision.” By personally attacking Perry with the “indictment” headline, the news story itself did its job by getting it into people’s heads that he was charged with a crime – no matter how unfounded and ludicrous the charges may be. Texas’ Senator Ted Cruz had this to say about the indictment, “Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable.”

Read more on Cagle.com here.

Breitbart: Conservatives Unite In Iowa

Last Saturday, I was honored to have my organization Citizens United cosponsor a fantastic event with Bob Vander Plaats and the Family Leader in Ames, Iowa on the campus of Iowa State University. The Family Leadership Summit is an annual event which consistently draws large crowds of conservative activists and the top names in the conservative movement.

Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum and others had a chance to speak to a 1,000-plus crowd and take the opportunity to discuss the principles and values that make our beliefs as conservatives the only way to fix what’s broken in America today and restore the American Dream.

Each of the speeches had their own theme and message to conference attendees. Senator Cruz brought the crowd to their feet on numerous occasions taking shots at Obama and touting the message that we must “stand unambiguously for the commonsense conservative principles shared by the vast majority of Americans.” It is abundantly clear, particularly in the past few months, that Obama does not share the same core principles as the majority of Americans, and his favorability numbers prove it. Cruz closed his rip-roaring speech by announcing, “We need to stand for life, we need to stand for marriage, we need to abolish the IRS, we need to repeal Obamacare, and we need to repeal Common Core.”

Read more on Breitbart.com here

Washington Post: Citizens United movie spawns campaign finance suit

DENVER — Citizens United is suing after the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ruled a movie the conservative group is producing falls under state campaign laws.

The Virginia-based group sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver on Thursday, saying it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmakers. Citizens United is finishing a movie called “Rocky Mountain Heist” about those it says have influenced Colorado’s political swing to the left over the past decade.

In June, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert ruled the group must disclose the movie’s financiers.

Read more on WashingtonPost.com here.

9News: Group sues Gessler over documentary

KUSA - Political-advocacy group Citizens United is suing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler over the conservative group's desire to be exempt from state-election finance laws.

Citizens United, the namesake of the 2010 controversial landmark Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending, plans to release an "expose" documentary, "Rocky Mountain Heist," on the influence of political groups in Colorado.

The suit claims the Virginia-based group has a "First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities."

Read more on 9News.com here.

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